While we commonly think of using acupuncture for pain, it can be used for many conditions. These include: arthritis, acute and chronic pain, chronic skin and ear infections, incontinence, chronic vomiting or diarrhea, IBD, infertility, behavior concerns, paralysis, seizures, vestibular disease, urinary concerns, etc.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective modality. An acupuncturist inserts tiny needles into very specific points on the body. These needles directly stimulate the nervous system, increasing blood flow and nerve conduction. This results in release of neurotransmitters which effect the body's neurological, immune, hormonal, and musculoskeletal systems.
Chiropractic is a gentle manual technique used to improve mobility and function of the spine and extremities restoring more normal function and comfort. Dr. Radwan will often adjust pets during their regular wellness appointment, when no symptoms are outwardly present, but she has found something amiss on her palpation exam. Frequently, after an adjustment, a client will call to report that their pet is resuming activity they hadn't even noticed the pet had stopped doing. We often hear the cat is jumping on the kitchen counters again, or the dog can jump in the car again without assistance.
Chiropractic can benefit athletes, injured, or aging pets, . Sometimes slowing down is actually pain or dysfunction, and not just age.
Dr. Radwan uses Traditional Chinese herbs as well as Western herbs to treat her patients. The herbs are a tailored prescription for each patient, and usually used on a short term basis of weeks to months, rather than for a lifetime.
hydrotherapy Treadmill (coming soon!)
The underwater treadmill is often an integral part of a rehab or conditioning program. You might be surprised at how the patients really enjoy their sessions! Each session is tailored to the patient, and lasts 5 to 20 minutes. For safety, and if your pet is not confident in water, they will be fitted with a life vest. A technician is available to be in the water with the patient, as needed.
Underwater treadmill therapy isn't just for recovery from knee surgery or a spinal injury, but can benefit athletes in training and competition, as well as armchair athletes. Dogs heading to South Dakota for the big hung, agility dogs or flyable athletes prepping for competition, athletes all can benefit from conditioning in the treadmill. And, if your chum has just become a bit too heavy, the buoyancy of the water can be a comfortable and safe way to return to fitness.
Therapeutic laser is cold laser therapy. It can be used to treat patients with arthritis, acute injury, spinal pain, chronic skin ulcers, ear inflammation, gum disease, new or chronic wounds, tendon injuries, sprains, etc. The treatments usually take under 5 minutes per site, and multiple issues can be addressed in each treatment session.
Laser therapy works to decrease pain by reducing inflammation, increasing microcirculation, and decreasing the speed of pain transmission along nerves. It aids in healing by improving collagen and protein synthesis, increasing numbers of healing cells, stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and improving function of the white blood cells.
While Dr. Radwan tries to approach pets from a more natural perspective, she will sometimes need to put a pet on traditional medications. This is integrative medicine. While many pets will benefit from more holistic modalities, when they need meds, they need meds. If she is seeing your dog for chronic ear infections, she may prescribe antibiotics and pain meds for the infection. However, she will work to find the root cause of the infection, aiming to restore health and prevent future infections.
Nutraceuticals are products like fish oil and glucosamine. They are used to support normal function of the body. There is a lot of research showing how these work, and how they benefit the body. While widely available, it is often difficult to determine which ones are appropriate for your pet. Dr. Radwan will make recommendations based on research, and tailored to your pet's needs.
Hippocrates said "everyone has a doctor in him or her, we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food".
Proper nutrition really is the foundation for good health. With the myriad of diets available, big names, small names, holistic, grain free, natural, vegan, raw, dehydrated, it can get pretty confusing out there. Dr. Radwan addresses nutrition for every patient she sees. She is happy to discuss client preferences and come to the best recommendation for your pet.
Physical therapy and Tui na
When we think of recovery from an injury, we often think the endpoint is the visible healing of an incision, that surgical aftercare has ended and your pet is released to normal activity, the pain is gone, etc. Perhaps we should rethink the process. Should we not aim for restoration of normal function, not just mechanical healing? What predisposed the pet to the injury?
When we think of our pets aging, do we think of them aging well? Is there more to healthy aging than going for a walk every day? Is there something we can do to keep our pets in optimal condition for as long as possible?
Physical therapy can help. Dr. Radwan will administer treatments, as well as prescribe exercises to do at home. This often involves a balance board or fitness ball, stairs, and floor exercises.
Tui Na is a traditional Chinese modality that lies somewhere between chiropractic and massage. Dr. Radwan will likely give you instructions for home care using tui na.
Therapeutic ultrasound is used primarily in patients with tendon or muscle injury. It uses sound waves to stimulate healing. The treatment is comfortable.